As the final whistle blew at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon, Manchester United were left rueing a missed opportunity to make it 3 wins out of 3 in the Premier League. Defensively Louis van Gaal will be delighted at the start made, with 3 clean sheets in a row and his preferred central defensive partnership of Daley Blind and Chris Smalling developing very nicely. It is at the other end of the pitch which is becoming a cause for concern.
United have only found the back of the net twice (1 of those being an own goal) in their opening 270 minutes of Premier League football and the onus quite simply has to fall on the lone frontman Wayne Rooney. His statistics so far make for pretty depressing reading: in 270 minutes of football he has averaged just 1.7 shots, 0.3 dribbles and has been dispossessed 3 times per game (as per whoscored.com). His pass success percentage is a disappointing 83.3%.
Louis van Gaal seems to have developed this undying loyalty towards his captain, which is in danger of being detrimental to the team. Wayne Rooney, to put it bluntly, looks way past his best. His first touch is shocking, his long passing slows the game down and his desire to get the ball has an adverse effect up front when he drops deep to claim it.
If United don't sign a top class striker before the transfer window closes, they will face another season without a trophy. But who?